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Fifties family hike in Switzerland

Hiking is a national sport in Switzerland. Guest author Daniel von Kaenel remembers a typical fifties family hike on the brand new south ramp of the Loetschberg and how grandfather showed up for this strenuous walk with suit, tie and walking stick, albeit minus rain gear. >
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SWISSWOOD Alphorns & Engel-Chörli Appenzell

Do you know what “Rugguusserli” in Appenzell Innerrhoden, “Zäüerli” in Ausserrhoden and “Jolen” in the Toggenburg refer to? Find out as Swiss abroad guest author Franz Muheim recently did when he attended a very innovative folk music concert in his native Kirchberg SG. >
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Kloster Kappel, Kappel am Albis

Every Swiss school child knows the story: warring soldiers of two Cantons brought about a famous Swiss peace treaty during the Reformation by sharing milk soup and bread, cooked in a large kettle over an open fire near beautifully restored Kappel Monastery, founded in 1185. >
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Beromünster Radioweg

Wayside sounds from Switzerland's radio history walk. Seven red radio boxes entertain, amaze and enlighten hikers on their walk through unspoilt forest and farming areas, moderately up the hill and heavily down memory lane! >
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Glasi Hergiswil

Look over the shoulders of a glass blower at work and feel the heat of the furnace! At 200 year old Glasi Hergiswil on Lake Lucerne, you can get up close and even blow your own Christmas ball!  >
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St. Nicholas arrival - Samichlaus Auszug

In the central cantons of Switzerland, Samichlaus' arrival - always with his donkey and his impressive entourage of bell and whip bearers - is celebrated by the community with age old customs. >
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Emmental Christmas market

A warm and authentic atmosphere reflect the charming, unhurried Bernese dialect and way of life of these Emmental country folk. Talented local artisans demonstrate traditional crafts in typical designs made of local materials. Far from flashy lights and repetitive music, these are gifts of value & authenticity. >
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Zürich Gourmet Trams

Enjoy a Fondue, an Apéro or take a trip with Saint Nicholas in an old-timer streetcar: Zürich Gourmet Trams delight every age in Holiday illuminated Zürich and throughout the rest of the year! >
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Zürich Public Transportation - Holiday Dinners, Sightseeing, Books

Three fun ways to discover the city of Zürich via its iconic blue-and-white Public Transportation System: enjoy a Holiday gourmet dinner with changing scenery on an old-timer streetcar, take a podcast-guided sight-seeing tour or read some fun short stories with real-life colorit. >
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Justistal Chästeilet

Do you know the difference between Alp- and Bergkäse (Alp and mountain cheese)? The farmers hard work and skill culminate in the end-of-summer cheese distribution with a community gathering, music, mouthwatering fare and Alpabzug and is part of this Swiss tradition dating back to 1739. >
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Brächete and autumn market in Zäziwil

In the village of Zäziwil, Canton Berne, the world's oldest known textile fibre - flax - is grown and processed into fine linen fabric in the way it has been for centuries during the yearly flax-to-linen festival called Brächete. >

Onsernone Valley - wild, evocative and fascinating

Deep gorges with thermal springs, craggy mountains covered by thick forests, sunny platforms with picturesque stone villages and a local population who maintains age-old traditions make Onsernone Valley in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland a one-of-a-kind experience! >
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Unspunnen festival

Switzerland's Unspunnen festival showcases traditional sports, music, arts, food and more such as Swiss-style wrestling, stone throwing, Hornussen and yodelling during the competition and festival week in the summer, once every six years. >
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Ronco: Porto-Ronco/Ronco sopra Ascona

Two charming villages a ten minute drive from world-renown Ascona: one right on Lake Maggiore, the other one steeply above it. Both with panoramic views, charming grottos and a variety of cultural, sports and entertainment activities. Authentic Ticino at its best! >
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Risotto Festival Locarno

Good food, wine, music and company under the warm, open September sky on the cobblestone Piazza Grande in Locarno, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland - what could be better? If you can't make it for this year's Risotto festival on September 16 and 17, you'll find an authentic Ticino Risotto recipe here. >
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Einfach leben - Pianta Monda

Einfach leben inmitten der Natur. Ein wunderschöner Film über die sympathische Ökogemeinschaft dreier bewusst lebender Menschen im abgelegenen Lavizzara Tal im Tessin. >
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Paradiesli vacation chalet & exceptional jodeling

Paradiesli is a fitting name for the wonderful holiday chalet with glorious views high above Kerns in the Sarnen valley, a thirty minute drive south of Lucerne. And the owner is an *exceptional* yodeler! >

Geographical center of Switzerland - Älggi Alp

Do you know in which Canton the Geographical Center of Switzerland lies? The 45 minute drive from the valley bottom to 1,650 m elevation takes you to a completely different landscape. The drive and the destination are well worth the journey! >

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